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<p>Heh.  Well, I woke up with what might be the beginnings of a cold. My throat feels a little raw, and I wasn't screaming or anything yesterday. I am not amused.  I already had a head cold this summer, thanks, I don't need another.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Kris,</strong> I hope it's nothing!  Maybe have some lemon tea or something warm to help it!</p>
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<p>It's chilly today.  Well, compared to what it's been lately.  Foggy and misty, too.  *sigh*</p>
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<p>Just had my bran buds and yogurt.  Wishing I had a breakfast burrito from McD's instead.  Mmmmmmmm.</p>
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<p>Love the pics from the weekend!  Now...if we could just see some <strong>Baby Missy</strong> pics already!</p>
 

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<p>Morning gang.</p>
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<p>First day of classes, so it's almost like a vacation for me:  only one practice a day and actually have some free time during the day!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>clare</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69635/monday-fun-aug-23#post_1936980"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><strong>Kris,</strong> I hope it's nothing!  Maybe have some lemon tea or something warm to help it!</p>
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I will have tea later.  It's coffee first for me.  Not only is my throat raw (just slightly, mind you, but enough to know something is going on) but my lymph nodes underneath the hinge of my jaw are tender.  Bah.</p>
 

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<p>Morning.   First class tonight.  I'm mostly looking forward to it :)</p>
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<p>Still waiting patiently for baby pics!</p>
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<p>((Bard's raw throat))</p>
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<p>Any word on your car, Maureen?</p>
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<p>Adorable Auntie Wip picture yesterday.  What kind of dog is that?  It reminded me of DH's family dog, but it's not exactly the same.</p>
 

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<p>morning all,</p>
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<p>it's monday...need more coffee</p>
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<p>DW comes home from Canada today.  We (me and the kiddos) had a big weekend with mom out of the house.  Here's a partial listing of what we did:  put put golf, batting cages, pool at the Y, watched movies, replaced our Wii then played a bunch of games, they spent the night at a friends house fri night, and we went out to eat.</p>
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<p>I got everyone fed, dressed and out the door for the buses this morning.</p>
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<p>Moe's car - hope it's not too much $$$</p>
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<p>Congrats to boB on the new car.</p>
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<p>Ready to see the Missy pics too.</p>
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<p>Everyone in my house was awak at 2:22am last night.  So, I'm dragging today.  Ugh.</p>
 

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<p>Maureen - sorry about the car, hope it is a minor deal.</p>
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<p>Amichel - have a great first day of school!</p>
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<p>Our 22 YO TV died this morning.  Need to learn about new TV technology quickly....</p>
 

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<p>Much to comment on and I know I'm going to forget something.</p>
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<p><strong>Moe</strong> and <strong>boB</strong> get good car vibes for cheap repairs and happy new car ownership.</p>
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<p>Healing vibes to <strong>Kris</strong>! Hot Toddy's are awesome for sore throats IMHO.</p>
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<p>The kidz photos yesterday - oy - absolutely darling!  All of them! </p>
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<p>I'm SO looking forward to Baby Tiger photos!  I don't know if I said it already but CONGRATS <strong>Missy</strong> and DH and new babyyyyyy! </p>
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<p>omg I'm totally fried. I don't want to be at work today.  I spent the entire weekend here at work helping out on this project that wasn't mine but they reallylllly needed help.  They had a Monday at 5 p.m. deadline and about 150 documents with 21 graphs each to complete and since I've been working on other docs and graphs for the same designation they asked me to help.  It took 5 of us to get it all done. I am Exceled OUT.  I dreamt about bar graphs and numbers last night. </p>
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<p>I'm also very grouchy because I didn't get to run all weekend.  My marathon mojo is in the toilet.  I feel like I negelcted my kids.  I KNOW I neglected the housework - I'm afraid to go in the laundry room and see how much dirty laundry has piled up.  We have a laundry chute so it's always a nifty surprise to see what has accumulated.</p>
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<p>OK I am starving.  I think I have waited an appropriate amount of time before going to get coffee and eats. grumble stupid coworkers grumble.</p>
 

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Good car health vibes to <strong>Moe</strong>.  Now here's a little detail into the saga of my new car.  Feel free to ignore this long post if you don't care...</p>
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<p>Actually the whole process wasn't too bad.  It helped that I did a lot of research going into it.  Once we figured out the exact car and trim line that we wanted, I contacted a bunch of Honda dealers via email, and I had obtained a price from a dealer that I was happy with.  It was $2200 below invoice, and about $4500 below sticker price.  I made sure I got an out-the-door price that included all taxes, fees, dealer markups, and what have you.  Dealers hate to give out this kind of number because they love to add on junk at the end of the deal to swipe some more $ from you, and they figure that if they hit you late enough with these fees, you're more likely to brush them off and just accept them.  But thankfully I had a couple dealers offer me out-the-door prices, and I was happy with the best one.</p>
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<p>But my wife had bought two Hondas from one particular dealer.  A Civic in 1995 soon before I met her, and the 2003 Accord that was totalled a few weeks ago.  She wanted to give this dealer one last crack at it, so we took our best number and went there.  Like I said, I was already willing to pay this best price.  So if these guys could beat it by any amount, it would be gravy.  I also assumed they would try to play games and give us numbers other than out-the-door numbers, so I was ready to walk out quickly.  But they actually did quickly come back with an OTD number that was $200 less than our other one.  So now we're $2400 below invoice!  That looked good to me, so I told 'em we'll do it. </p>
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<p>Still, I kept waiting for the hammer to drop.  By that, I mean I kept waiting for them to say "Oh by the way, we have to add on such-and-such extra fee", meaning the OTD number really wasn't OTD.  But they never did.  I was prepared to pay cash, but I asked about financing anyway.  I knew Honda had 0.9% financing going on, and I figured that I might partake of that if I could.  However, I was told that in order to reach the low OTD number, I had to use a manufacturer-to-dealer rebate.  And I could only use the rebate OR the 0.9% financing, not both.  I'd have to go with the standard financing terms, which would be 4-point-something percent, based on my credit.  So at this point I just figured, okay, I'll pay cash.  I didn't tell them that.  I just said I'll take the rebate. </p>
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<p>Once we got in the room with the finance guy, he told me that the financing rate I could get was 4.39%.  I passed, and just said I'll pay cash.  He starts typing on his computer and it's silent for a few seconds, then he says "What if I got you 3.19%?"  Well, that kinda came out of nowhere.  It didn't sound bad, and I actually considered it for a second.  But finally I decided I liked the idea of paying cash and not having a car payment.  And I was prepared for it anyway.  So still I passed.  No big deal.  We went ahead with the transaction.</p>
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<p>After we were done with him, we went back to the salesman who took us to the car.  He showed my wife all the bells and whistles of the car.  This is how to use the radio, this is how to adjust the seat, this is how to open the sunroof, etc.  Then we go back inside and he says he has to get the final paperwork from his manager so that we can pay, and he tells us to wait. </p>
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<p>Well, after a couple minutes, he comes back.  He says, "I've got some bad news.  Remember I told you that you could only use the rebate if you take the financing?  Well, since you paid in cash, I'll have to charge you the additional amount of the rebate".  ($1400!).  Yup, here's where the hammer fell.  They finally got around to trying to screw us.  I blew my top and yelled at him, "You said I could take the rebate <strong>OR</strong> the low financing.  Not that I <strong>HAD</strong> to take the high financing." </p>
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<p>I could see he was nervous about this.  I think this kid had just been bullied by his manager.  Initially, they probably were willing to give me the low OTD number because they figured they could make up their profit by swindling me on a trade-in and financing.  By I didn't have a trade-in and I declined the financing, so I just took away all opportunities for them to make money.  And thus the manager was trying one last-ditch effort to make some profit.  Anyway, the salesman and I got into a quick back and forth of "You said this", "No I didn't", "Yes you did"...  Finally, my wife just yelled out, "Screw this!  Rip everything up and we're outta here!"  This isn't like her, so I was really shocked.  But I agreed.  I was pissed off, mostly because we just wasted all afternoon and it was probably too late to go to the other dealer, and thus we'd have to wait until another day to buy the car.  But the salesman said, "Hold on a second, I'll be right back".  He leaves, apparently to talk to his manager.  He comes back in a minute or so and says "Forget it, we'll just do the deal the way we originally discussed".  Well, alright.  We paid our money and that was it. </p>
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<p>Before that last little glitch happened, I was actually quite pleased with the whole process.  I'm a little soured that they tried to pull that one last shenanigan, but thankfully they didn't have a leg to stand on.  We got our car, and we got the price we wanted.  Actually even better than the price we wanted. </p>
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<p>I definitely learned that it's best to do a <strong>TON</strong> of research before buying a car.  Get a bunch of dealers to compete against each other.  Many of them won't want to talk OTD numbers at all, so just scratch those off your list.  Once you get an OTD number from someone, shop that around and see if you can get a better one.  I think the process will be more difficult for me next time because I will have a trade-in and will probably need financing.  So I may not be able to get away so clean next time.  But at least for now, I'm happy...</p>
 

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<p>Very cute pics this weekend!  </p>
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<p><strong>LitchTim</strong>, you almost gave me a heart attack.  My eyes skipped over the "TV" in your post, and while intellectually I know you don't have a 22 y.o. kid, I seriously thought someone died.  The quick double-take cleared things up, but wow!</p>
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<p>Good luck to the back-to-schoolers today.  I don't teach until tomorrow, though I am meeting a student this afternoon.  I'll spend the morning giving a colleague comments on a paper and reading up so I can revise one of my own.  Not sure if I mentioned it last week, but in May I applied for a grant from the Navy and they contacted me last week to let me know that they are interested in funding it.  Now I just have to get the money straightened out.  Grants aren't the life blood of my profession as they are in some other disciplines, but it's a nice accomplishment all the same.</p>
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<p>((((<strong>Bard's</strong> throat))))</p>
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<p>Have a good one today!</p>
<p>((((<strong>Tad</strong>))))</p>
 

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<p>Dang - I missed the post on Maureen's car.  Guess I need to go back to the weekend.  ;)</p>
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<p>Fun for me?  Nothing yet.  But I am still smiling because I had an unplanned 3 day weekend.  Our trip to Chicago was awesome and I had some great quality time with DS#2 and great family time with the whole crew.  I posted a bunch of pics on facebook, so this may be a little redundant, but everyone loves pictures on a Monday, right?</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1497225&id=1190554559" id="user_myphotolink" target="_blank"><img alt="44576_1531282480589_1190554559_1497224_8173293_n.jpg" id="user_myphoto" src="http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs383.snc4/44576_1531282480589_1190554559_1497224_8173293_n.jpg" style="width:720px;height:482px;"></a></p>
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<p>Congrats on the new wheels, <strong>boB</strong> and here's hoping your wheels don't cost you an arm & a leg, <strong>Maureen</strong></p>
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<p>Great pictures <strong>Mindi</strong>!!!  I'm due for a Chicago trip soon, love it there!</p>
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<p>I'm also dying for some baby pics from <strong>Missy</strong>!!!</p>
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<p><strong>Prae</strong> - very cool, what would the grant money go towards?</p>
 

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<p>My last post had a weird glitch.</p>
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<p><strong>boB</strong>, I was mostly happy with my car purchase until right at the end too.  They gave me a quote of the financing and then when I went to look at numbers, none of the quotes matched what we had talked about.  They tried to sell me identity theft insurance and a bunch of other garbage that would have increased my monthly payment by about $50-75.  I asked about the quote and they said that was the basic.  I did let myself get talked into the extended warranty, but declined everything else.  I do wish I had known more about financing, though.  Talking to my insurance agent 3 weeks later, I learned that I could get a better deal through them, ended up re-financing (yes, 3 weeks later) and while I'll still save money and get more protection, it's less than if I would have gone with them originally.  It was the first time I ever went through the process by myself, so next time (in 12-15 years) I'll know better.  I'm glad you stuck to your guns and got what you wanted.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>runningINnyc</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69635/monday-fun-aug-23#post_1937025"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><strong>Prae</strong> - very cool, what would the grant money go towards?</p>
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I'll buy a graduate student to collect data for me.  This project keeps going into hiatus b/c I don't get as much research assistance as I need.  This grant will allow me to pick who I want and have them work 20 hours/week just for me.</p>
 

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<p><strong>BigG</strong> - that really sucks - sorry to hear that.  Definitely been there many times.  I hope this week is quieter for you.</p>
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<p><strong>Bob</strong> - that is ridiculous, but not surprising.  Glad to hear you held your ground. Oh, and congrats on the Accord.  I LOVE mine.</p>
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<p><strong>Maria</strong> - yeah, Chicago is a fun city.  Although I could NEVER live there.  For many reasons, but #1 is definitely the traffic problems.</p>
 

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<p>HAPPY BIRTHDAY <strong>CHERL</strong>!!!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/occasion5.gif" title=""><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Runninlaw</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69635/monday-fun-aug-23#post_1937032"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><strong>Maria</strong> - yeah, Chicago is a fun city.  Although I could NEVER live there.  For many reasons, but #1 is definitely the traffic problems.</p>
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Yeah, the traffic on the Eisenhower can be epic!   I loved living there though, it was so fun to still be in the Midwest but have the big city all around and also proved to be a great stepping stone for me moving to New York.  Chicago got me used to mass transit, big city issues, people/people/people, etc.</p>
 

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<p>Hello hello.  I know I missed a huge amount of news, accomplishments, horror stories, funnies, and etc., so a blanket ((( ))) to anyone who needs it and <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""> to everyone.   </p>
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<p>Congrats to <strong>Missy</strong>, of course!  She gets her own shout-out. </p>
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<p>Happy bday, <strong>Cherl</strong>!</p>
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<p>And if I can make a request...  please send job vibes to GoV right... NOW.  He's in an interview today before flying home at 6 p.m.  We had a wonderful vacation week with my family.  No tv, newspapers, or Internet access for 8 days.  Just sun, fun, sand, surf, lots of exercise, way too much food, and general awesomeness. </p>
 

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<p>I got an extended warranty on my car and I actually have been glad I did.  If for no other reason than I get road side assistance and I've had to use it twice already.  This time, I got it towed 35 mi to Boston without an issue (or fee.)  DxH thought I was nuts to get it, but my dad agreed it wasn't stupid since it's the first car I've ever owned on my own, and it was pretty old when I bought it.</p>
 
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